IN MEMORIAM

For a Country and a Planet

The planet, a diverse paradise of oceans, rivers, mountains, forests, and plants and animals of unimaginable beauty, was the only one in its solar system inhabited by all these, and by sentient beings called humans, or people. Many of the people lived joyous, peaceful lives, yet some sometimes became ill with unfounded fears about each other that led to hatred, tyranny, and even wars they never learned to prevent even though each was more terrible than the last. Eventually their weapons became more ferocious, until they were so powerful they could destroy large swaths of the planet and all that lived on it. 

Despite it being clear that humans were imperfect and often made mistakes or became unbalanced, no one stopped the creation of the weapons and the use of materials that could make more of them. Neither did they stop creating smaller weapons that caused murders of many of the people by only a few individuals. It seemed that no one could stop them because powerful groups of people who were addicted to weapons would not allow it. There was more and more killing followed by crippling sadness in people who lost those they loved.  

Some of the most powerful people were so consumed with their own desires that they ignored the suffering of all others, including the people whose loved ones were killed in mass slaughters. It became clear many were killed mostly because they were not the same white color as most of those in power, or prayed in a different way from them. During this same period, many of the powerful also ignored the looming demise of the planet, as it grew sick from toxins created by the peoples’ industries, showing its grave need through increasingly dangerous fires, storms, deaths of species, and destruction of the natural areas that made it so beautiful. In the end the powerful people let the desperate planet struggle until it died, taking with it all living beings, most of whom had been innocent, kind, and good. 

The pieces of land called countries had looked for guidance to one country considered the greatest, whose founders had possessed great vision. But in this country’s latter days one of its temporary leaders, elected under murky circumstances never completely understood, began to talk of permanently extending the job he had already made into something like the reign of a king. Unlike his predecessors, he was mad and sick with power and greed, and devoid of the great human quality of empathy. He worked both openly and in secret to undermine every effort of those fighting to save the people, the country, and the planet from each other’s weapons and from the planet’s illnesses. 

He soon was acknowledged as the country’s first leader desiring to be what people called a dictator. These were the worst leaders in this world’s history, and always left suffering and death in their wake. Though already wealthy and powerful, he took advantage of his position to gain yet more, despite the cost to the country and the planet. To this end he put in powerful positions people who thought as he did or who would do what he commanded without question. 

The people began to suffer from fear and grief as they watched him destroy laws and rules that had protected them and their beautiful world, and make new ones that made them feel unsafe, causing endless worry and stress. They saw him align himself with other dictators, and with a growing group of people that, like some similar groups in the past that were responsible for murdering millions, spread hatred of all those different from them. They watched him befriend yet others who seemed to love weapons, and who, when grieving families worked to ban them, blocked their every attempt. It didn’t matter to the dictator or his allies how many lives the weapons took. Their turning away from the suffering created a well of sorrow in the country so wide and deep that an anguished cry for the country’s sake was heard throughout the planet. Yet they let the deaths and the mourning of the people, and the destruction of the beautiful planet go on and on. All that seemed to matter to them was wealth and power. The dictator himself believed he was all-powerful, as indeed he seemed to be.  

He and his associates came to symbolize to the people all that was immoral, unethical, cruel, and–in the end we would have to say–evil. Some who could have stopped him were afraid of losing their own positions, so remained silent and continued to obey him. They too became symbols of cruel indifference. The people began to call them all by a name reserved in their history for those they’d reviled the most: traitors. The powerful had betrayed with stunning heartlessness their fellow humans, the great country’s founders, and the beautiful planet with its marvelous creatures.

Who can say if there will ever again exist such a wondrous world, or beings similar to those of that planet, now lost to us? The creator or whatever force made it would have to find a way to make intelligence in each being a trait infused with abhorrence of hate, greed, and tyranny. All people including leaders would need to be born with generosity and the desire for peace ingrained in their very cores. Until such a marvelous thing occurs, all we can say further about this world that contained so much raw material from which could be made such a beautiful existence, is that we miss it, and we will long mourn its passing.

No Excuses

No Excuses

Around the world people are starving, others are suffering as war rages around them, water resources are endangered, rain forests are disappearing, the ever more dangerous effects of climate change are increasing, and fellow humans at home are under constant attack by people filled with hate, Instead of being a world leader in attacking these problems, our country’s leaders are busy avoiding the wrath of the NRA while mass murders continue to accelerate.

There is no excuse for this kind of supremely selfish, cowardly behavior in those in power in what used to be the leader of the free world. It’s an atrocity that background checks and banning assault weapons is even under discussion as people are mowed down or lie in hospitals wounded and dying, and millions of others  fear for their lives and the lives of their children.

Stringent background checks and banning of ALL assault weapons and ways to make them should be immediate with NO DISCUSSION.

To do less or wait one minute longer can be considered nothing other than immoral, unethical, and yes, criminal. Leaders who are blocking this, and NRA, this is what you are will be remembered for.

A Note to and for Haters, Killers of All Kinds, and Certain Government Officials

I’ve been writing about hate and killing for some time now since they’re hardly compatible with my goal of helping us create less-stressed American cities. I agree with many of the suggestions offered by caring people about these matters, and here add my own specific ones, some of which may seem naive but–some readers tell me–that help them to feel more hopeful. I realize some of these suggestions will seem extreme to some (such as no guns, period). Yet in the end we have to get our heads out of the sand and acknowledge that the problems we to need solve in order to stop the violence are deeply embedded in our society, encouraged by leaders who are part of those problems. So it shouldn’t be surprising that the changes needed are dramatic. 

Our problems are not just from the bigotry now being considered fine by some, or from fear of those not like us, but also from our general acceptance of violence and weapons as necessary. Neither prejudice nor guns are necessary in a civilized society, and if we made the society more civilized with laws and whatever else it takes to show we value lives and peace, more of us would see that. (Isn’t a civilized society the goal? ) It’s not normal that some people see hate and violence as normal.

Each time there’s a massacre and whenever there’s cruelty or killing, I find I’m thinking the same thought. That is that along with gun control (at least) and the other changes most sensible people want, we also need deep and thoughtful change in our culture, and much of it should involve promoting kindness and empathy at every level and in every corner of the culture. Maybe that kind of change is what will finally convince those in elected office or otherwise in power that when they don’t act to stop mass murder and suffering, when their own personal goals come before the lives of others, they must accept some of the blame.

FOR THOSE WHO HATE

(The bold print below is accidental and so far we’ve been unable to return it to normal print. Please read as regular print–thanks.)

If you hate a certain group of people, or even one person, there are numerous ways you can turn off that hate, and it’s a good idea to try to do that. If you were trained to hate–and most people who hate have been trained–you owe it to others, to the world, and mostly to yourself to un-train yourself. There are many ways to do this. Practice empathy and kindness even if that’s new for you. Stop hanging out with other haters, and do whatever else you can to get yourself to the other side where you can learn about and begin to care for your neighbors. If you get to know your neighbors or acquaintances of other colors or backgrounds you’ll likely find they’re really cool people, nice to be with, and often have interesting life stories to tell. If you ask you’ll learn about their cuisine, how they like to party, what they miss from back home and what they love here. Your own life story is also of great interest–everyone’s is. So why not tell it to them, while removing prejudice, fear, rage, and cruelty from your mind. Then your life has a better chance to end up a happy and peaceful one, which is much harder to accomplish if you live in a cloud of hatred. 

Remind yourself that people can’t help where they were born, what color their skin is, or who their parents are. Put yourself in their shoes if they’re not like you, and stay there a few minutes. Realize that all most of them want is a chance to have a reasonably happy, healthy life, like you do. Many of us struggle with how to do that, and the struggle is hard enough without having to deal with hatred, violence, and the horrific loss of life mass shooters cause. 

If you’re still consumed with hate or the urge to harm, ask for help. One place you can get it is to google local mental health resources in your area and try to connect with one. One helpful national site (and group) is MHFA or Mental Health First Aid. Try going there to see their huge list of resources that can help with any kind of mental illness or pain. One of many helpful pages there is https://www.mentalhealthfirstaid.org/mental-health-resources/

Or go to a place online that’s about more positive emotions such as ways to be happier. One of many sites that may be helpful is https://www.sparringmind.com/be-happy/ . Or learn about how prejudices are formed, at a site like Very Well Minds, on this page:  https://www.verywellmind.com/what-is-prejudice-2795476 

If you’ve read any history you may know that often the reasons people are taught to hate are based on false premises. A common human weakness is to find someone else to blame for our troubles even when it makes no sense. Other people may harm us at times, sure, but when entire groups, races, or religions are made into scapegoats you can bet the reasons for it don’t ring true. So stop believing things you hear coming out of the mouths of racists and bigots and get over your prejudices that some pathetic, clueless website, friend, or relative taught you. 

Look the rest of us straight in the eye and tell us that if you didn’t live here and were being persecuted or threatened, that you wouldn’t want to come to a freer country like this one where you thought you could be safe and have at least some kind of work. Persecuted people and refugees have done this throughout history. You know you’re a hypocrite if you say you wouldn’t do the same. Many immigrant families by the way come from places where family ties are close. This often makes them secure and loving people just because close families often foster those good feelings. That means they’re very nice people to know. All such families I’ve met tend to be warm, caring, and kind.

So please come out of the dark ages and stop accusing them of things they aren’t doing, and stop trying to hurt them. Maybe even try this: help them. Helping people makes the helper happier–too many researchers have found that to be true for you to doubt it. Try it. You’ll like it.

GUNS & THE ACT OF KILLING  

A great many people, myself included, believe there’s no excuse for killing for any reason, period. In fact by now we should have evolved enough as a species to be done with all killing including that done in wartime as a way to solve problems (we should be done with war as well). But even if we’re temporarily forced to participate in or suffer through wars by greedy, angry, selfish, and power-mad leaders, we don’t have to also kill each other at home.

As for guns themselves, they don’t belong in a peaceful, civilized society, end of story. Hunters, you won’t like this, but even killing animals for whatever reason has got to bring out something in you that cringes, doesn’t it? Truly evolved humans, in my view, should abhor inflicting pain on any other living thing. As long as a bunch of us go ahead and kill things (and most of us really don’t need that deer meat do we?) it will be easier for humans to find killing and maiming okay. 

That’s why I believe guns of ANY kind should be banned, and nothing short of that is acceptable. I’m not a naive wacko, I’ve just had enough. Haven’t you? Let’s say you still insist on having a gun. Whether or not you’re a member of the NRA, don’t you find it outrageous and kind of sickening that this group that tries to keep lots of guns around at all costs actually controls many of our elected officials? 

TO CERTAIN GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS

You’re not fooling anyone when you act only to protect your title as representative or senator or President, while letting suffering and injustice continue. No rep of mine who does that will ever get my vote again. Act to protect people from hate and gun violence now, and get ALL of it done, not just tiny steps.  And no I don’t want the death penalty–that’s just more violence, cruelty, and death.  Enough. 

OTHER KILLING IN OUR CULTURE ADDS TO THE GENERAL VIOLENCE

Because I believe that killing anything makes killing something else easier, I also believe we should stop the horrifying practice of animal agriculture. We may not personally hear the tortured, terrified cries of animals headed to and going through slaughter, but we know they’re out there, 24 hours a day. We know unless we lie to ourselves that that pain we cause, directly, or indirectly with our dollars, can’t be good for us either. When we do such things to other living things it should ring alarm bells in us, and I believe it would go along way toward creating a happier, more peaceful culture if we paid attention to those alarms.

Besides it also being awful for the environment and the fact that we can feed many more people with plants, continuing this practice means a certain number of humans–many who would rather not have such jobs but can find no other—will be forced to carry out that cruelty for hours a day even if it causes them great personal pain (the evidence is that it does for many of them, and they are never the same again).


I’m convinced that one day slaughtering for food as well as hunting for “sport” will be universally decried for the barbarous acts they are, that we’ll be seeing very few mass killings of people then as well, and that those two changes will be at least somewhat connected. This is why I include comments about animal killing when I write about hate and mass shootings of humans. Killing and causing suffering is too widely accepted in our culture, even though most of us don’t participate. It’s in the air too much. So I’m suggesting a holistic approach to stopping violence by stopping all violence of all kinds, so we get out of the habit of seeing and accepting it.

(Note: For a more detailed piece on some of these ideas, go to this blog’s first-ever post, written after the Parkland massacre.)

Upcoming Online Summits on 5G Wireless, & Reminder to Please Hurry to Sign Petition Against 5G

There are three new online summits on 5G Wireless beginning very soon that can further inform you and help you protect yourself and your family. from what are likely serious health effects caused by this untested technology. Again 5G is NOT necessary and we’re being bullied into having it surround us, even though there’s a great deal of evidence that the EMF radiation we’re already soaking in is harming our health.

I hope to continue to get petition signers from everywhere to sign my petition against 5G, again modeled on one from Helsinki, but am now also making a special call to residents of my state of Massachusetts, because I know for certain 5G Wireless is getting underway here right now. However I think you can still use my petition to show your own state and local governments how many people are disturbed by this roll-out with no warning and no way out (except protests like this). Here’s that petition link:

https://www.thepetitionsite.com/813/839/624/stop-5g-and-smart-meters/?taf_id=62109181&cid=twitter#bbfb=791069356

Upcoming Summits

Further down is a little of my husband’s and my experience in attempting to decrease current types of EMF radiation so far, but first, here are the summits if you want to do some more reading on 5G Wireless.

Here’s the link to one summit, presented by HealthMeans:

https://mail.google.com/mail/ca/u/0/#search/5G/WhctKJVRPLjGxwrCBrwfXvKbWwXlNpMGVxSQvgpwPRrPHXnQQPgkxlqlPHkZJSLqCVZfGvq?compose=DXDwSWxDjFhLFHgwQHKcVCnnJWszRlqztKTJsRbFSrBCNGDbLgcPHnmjlFcRpsztBZmzLmjxckBqJBgWZbbMCQMTXcMWnLWfHLsvFwWpwVLLQRHRZMhwvMZL

A second summit is being presented by Dr. Jay Davidson:

https://mail.google.com/mail/ca/u/0/#search/5G/WhctKJVRQLqxXxjGnbKTRxNXZVcnSDFWTGNrtvBGTkPlxFssCqMxJLTbfqqQWMhWfsthMVQ?compose=DXDwSWxDjFhLFHgwQHKcVCnnJWszRlqztKTJsRbFSrBCNGDbLgcPHnmjlFcRpsztBZmzLmjxckBqJBgWZbbMCQMTXcMWnLWfHLsvFwWpwVLLQRHRZMhwvMZL

A third summit begins July 17th, hosted by “EMF Guy” Nick Pineault

https://mail.google.com/mail/ca/u/0/#search/Nick/WhctKJVRQLqzXrFWbwvzPpmsrnnntrcMPZWCnzWftxLJVTBlwSgpMGkNttzprKwmfrBpGwV?compose=DXDwSWxDjFhLFHgwQHKcVCnnJWszRlqztKTJsRbFSrBCNGDbLgcPHnmjlFcRpsztBZmzLmjxckBqJBgWZbbMCQMTXcMWnLWfHLsvFwWpwVLLQRHRZMhwvMZL

Our Experience So Far

At home we’ve started to measure EMF radiation in different rooms. If you want to do this I recommend you get one of those devices you can measure it with, and hold it near anything plugged in, and in places where you sit often, or sleep. We bought one that’s a little more expensive than the cheapest one offered by Nick Pineault. His site is https://theemfguy.com/ and he’s one of the summit hosts.

We looked around and ended up buying the TriField EMF Meter Model TF2. It measures all three types of electromagnetic pollution (EMF)–electric, magnetic, and radio frequency. It cost us $168 on Amazon. They have cheaper ones but this one got a good review that said it’s pretty accurate and covers more kinds of EMF than many do. We even found something free on the phone but it only measures wifi. (We have no connection with Trifield.)

We took some measurements in our bedroom at home and the increases in radiation in some locations were so high we unplugged many things, and no longer charge things near the bed. Sometimes unplugging makes no difference so you have to hunt around a little, and sometimes you just don’t know where the increase is coming from. (That’s why I suggest looking at links I’ve given you and at some of the summits. We’ll be doing that too.) We also moved the head of our bed about 18 inches from the wall because up next to the wall the numbers went so much higher. This may be because a meter outside the house isn’t far from the bed, or because we’re getting radiation from the house next door which isn’t too far away from where we sleep.

When we measured our electric cords we were measuring on the electric setting of the Trifield meter, and when we measured wifi and phones we used the radio frequency setting. For behind the headboard of the bed we used the electric setting. We tried measuring there with the other settings but they showed no increase. So you might have to try all three to make sure something’s okay.

We even found many lamps made the meter jump up high. We thought it was the bulbs but changing them to different types only made a little difference. LEDs did seem to make somewhat less EMF than compact fluorescents. so we changed most bulbs to LED. We found that staying 6 inches away from the lamps even with the LEDs lowered the radiation a little more. But check each lamp, your fans, etc. since sometimes there are surprises.

Aluminum foil is said to decrease the radiation, and my husband held some between the wall and the headboard and it did decrease it. (He also tried some thin sheets of steel and they made no difference.) So we’re going to try (till we learn of something better, if there is anything) wrapping poster board with foil and put the foil side against the wall, then move the bed back where it was. The headboard hopefully will hide the poster board but if we have to have the foil further up the wall to get the radiation lower, I guess we’ll have to paint or somehow decorate the wall to make it look okay. There may be other things we can do with the bed and with other areas, but we’re still studying the var sites and sources I’ve listed for you here,on several of my 5G posts, and on the petition site.

The Stealthy Roll-Out of 5G

Why aren’t you hearing much about 5G Wireless? Because those forcing it on us know many of us want no part of it, so they’ve quietly arranged to quietly set it up. And as I’ve mentioned, your health worries or even illnesses you or your children already have will not help you stop them. They’ve made a law saying in effect no health excuses allowed. As I’ve mentioned, Trump wants it right away to compete with China which also wants it right away. They don’t care about its likely damage to health, that it’s untested, and makes everything much more easily hackable. Whatever you’re worried about, up at the top, where this is coming from, they don’t care. (Were you ever asked how you felt about 5G? We certainly were not.)

Personally I’ve had enough of this. Hence my petition. Please do go there and sign it, and may I make a plea again especially for residents of Massachusetts to sign now? Also wherever you are, do feel free to use my petition as a template to set one up in your state or city. Again here’s the petition link: https://www.thepetitionsite.com/813/839/624/stop-5g-and-smart-meters/?taf_id=62109181&cid=twitter#bbfb=791069356

Greed & Power vs. Wellbeing

Please stay safe, watch what your state and town are doing, and protest when needed. The best way to decrease stress in the American City or anywhere (a major goal of mine) is to get government and business to understand that highest profits often contribute to decreased wellbeing. We need to convince them that just-high-enough profits (and good enough technology, and reining in some leaders’ bottomless egos requiring more and more personal power and fame) can help promote or at least maintain wellbeing.

Wellbeing includes both mental and physical health, and ours is declining as we’re bullied into lifestyles controlled by ever-wealthier high tech moguls and their buddies in high places. In fact doing whatever causes less stress, fear, depression, and illness saves tons of money in healthcare, crime, etc., so the rich and powerful can still do very well without destroying wellbeing for everyone else. Because they seem unable or unwilling to step back and acknowledge that, we’re on our own, and we need to make a big stink about 5G Wireless. Now is the time.

Trump, the Border, Trauma & Depression, & Immediate Steps to Take (if we want to be considered a moral country)

As my readers know, one of my main concerns in helping us fight the stresses of living in the American city is the lack of attention paid to mental health, especially to two of its most distressing problems: anxiety and depression.


Trauma at the Border

I’ve been thinking about it again this 4th of July as I continue to learn more about the misery at the border. I’ve been worrying not only about the obvious physical effects from the unhealthy conditions, but also about the PTSD that will likely affect every man, woman, and child going through this horrible experience, leaving them to face  months or years of lingering anxiety and depression.

Trauma Throughout the US

As you may know, chronic stress of any kind often leads to anxiety and depression, but being traumatized for long periods almost guarantees this outcome. Tragically, prolonged anxiety and depression  often contribute to continued and new physical illnesses,  creating a painful and expensive  cycle for victims and those caring for them. 

Many kinds of stress and  emotional abuse can lead to such prolonged mental suffering, and research shows in fact that depression is increasing throughout our country. This isn’t surprising given the current environment. While those at the border suffer both physically and mentally, many others of us watch with fear and horror  King Trump’s destructive march through what’s left of many of our country’s goals and ideals. We see the end of being a respected leader on the world stage in peace, justice, and protecting the planet, and that we are no longer anywhere near the kind and generous example we used to be, or some of us thought we were, of welcoming the weary masses who yearn to be free. Even many non-Americans have begun to feel more stress as things deteriorate further with a Tweet or a dubious Executive Order. 

No matter how  Trump and his yes-people twist the words or the history, this  generalized misery as well as that at the border was and is largely caused by  their own self-interested actions. Before writing more about this I wanted to check my hunch that since the beginning of this Presidency Americans’ depression and anxiety has increased even more than what I’d already observed by just talking to people in the first few months. I  searched online only for a few seconds, and no less than nine articles appeared  on Trump’s negative effects on mental health.


Pushing Trauma to Extremes at the Border

I’ll get to those in a moment .  Meanwhile it must be said there could be no better recipe for wrecking mental and physical health than the hell on earth going on at the border. Aside from the physical misery, those of us who have suffered from depression know that the new and acute depression that will result for many is itself its own hell on earth. This past weekend as we celebrated our freedoms including the right to pursuit of happiness, our desperate fellow-humans, already stressed beyond what most of us can imagine experiencing, continued to suffer. Continuing for them–for who knows how long–are the brutal effects of family separation, their loneliness for home, fears for the rest of their families and friends back home and fear of an unknown future, finding themselves living in cages and other jail-like  containers, seeing their children ill with diseases that aren’t being treated, feeling looked down on or even hated by many people they now depend on for survival, being surrounded by filth they never would have lived with at home, and being emotionally and/or sexually or otherwise abused. Now many already living here are hiding, trembling in fear of being taken from their families. This past week we saw one child on the news terrified that she’ll never see her mother again. Throw in constant doses of helplessness and hopelessness, and  a US president lying to the world about how great things are for them, and you have a perfect storm for  creating severe mental illness that can last for years.

I can’t imagine the founding fathers envisioned us causing such anguish in people begging for asylum. Few people can bear such multiple prolonged abuses without psychic damage. Depression by itself, without all the other problems, is torture enough.  Psychiatric drugs take weeks to work, often don’t help at all, and many have awful side effects.  Physical illness only makes depression worse, and depression makes physical illness worse. Add to these challenges increasing evidence that our culture is becoming more and more stressed,  including increases in blatant hatred and hateful behavior, and you can see it will be more and more difficult no matter who we are or where we came from to recover from depression in our country, without some major changes at the border and in our way of life in general. 

Ways to Start Now to Restore Calm & Hope to Americans Horrified by Trump

I’ve made some suggestions at the end of this article as to how to begin to undo some of the mental damage at the border, so that just maybe we can protect thousands from a future of horrific mental illness. But we also must do more on a general level throughout our country to reduce the stresses that many researchers believe are out of control. We need to help each other, and our leaders must also help. If they don’t help we need to elect different leaders. Some of our leaders’ failures to call out hatred and its related crimes are reprehensible, but it’s not too late for them to make amends. Among other things we need them to work with us to change this culture of prejudice and hate, and to change as well the money-and-success-over-all state of mind now so central to our society, and that many of us feel forced into by the resulting rush-rush never-rest American lifestyle. Hate itself is just more salt on the stress wounds, and because much of it has been taught to the haters, I can only recommend they un-teach themselves as soon as possible. If they stop and think for awhile about it–and this does require actual stopping–they may begin to see that the non-hating path provides a much happier, healthier way for all of us to live. 

We need specific help from business and government leaders in altering those other stressful lifestyle practices, since all the stress and worry that panicked living causes not only makes more of us sicker but also can make prejudice and violence more likely. If your life is filled with stress and you’re angry or upset most days, maybe it feels easy to blame the person of another color or religion who works in your building or lives on your block. Because we can’t change this all on our own, and we need leaders and those in power to help by prioritizing finding ways to help more of us reduce stress. This could include public service announcements encouraging people to be kind, laws to reduce noise and make slower speed limits, rethinking how businesses are run and employees are treated, making more green space (which makes us calmer and healthier), and encouraging more sense of community that can help prevent the unhealthy isolation that’s increasing in our society. This step alone can help reduce hatred and prejudice because we’d get to know each other better.

Wellbeing improvements such as these are not impossible, as many seem to think. It’s just that the idea of helping us change a few things that chronically stress us just isn’t near the top of business and government priority lists.But as other healthier societies have demonstrated, this is a mistake.

These stresses and more (such as the unhealthy SAD American diet and too many guns) have for now made our country  a hard one to get well in or stay well in, especially if you’re already traumatized, anxiety-ridden, or depressed. A stunningly self-involved and ignorant administration at the top doesn’t help. When it heaps more abuse on new refugees and continues to upset the rest of us with ignoring these known stressors, it only makes all of our stress worse. All stress-caused illness costs a great deal to treat, as do the addiction and even crimes it sometimes leads to, which I mention since so many of our business and government leaders are always thinking about profit.

A Few Quotes on Mental Health in the Age of Trump

My plan to help prevent more trauma immediately at the border is below, but first here are a few quotes from articles I found, to give you an idea of how the country’s mood is already being affected by the current leadership:

“While Trump supporters may have experienced a boost in  ’ psychological well-being, pride, and hope for the future,” in the words of the New England Journal of Medicine researchers, his presidency has been a pit of despair for others. ’ ”

(from Pacific Standard, PSMAG.com,  article by Jared Keller, Jan.15, 2019)

Referring to a phenomenon called “Trump Anxiety Disorder,” author Matt Kwong  writes that therapist Elisabeth LaMott’s patients ask questions such as “Is he gonna blow us all up?” and many others tell her they suffer from fear of how dire Trump’s decisions may be for the world. She told  Kwong, “There is a fear of the world ending. It’s very disorienting and constantly unsettling.”

(from CBC News, CBC.CA, Matt Kwong, July 18, 2018, “In a divided U.S., therapists treating anxiety are hearing the same name over and over: Donald Trum p,”)

The Washington Post’s Dana Milbank wrote that Trump is making us  both crazy and ill, listing the many stress-caused symptoms people are feeling including his own increasing blood pressure since Trump became President. He references a paper by New York Analyst Matt Aibel that was to appear in the journal “Psychoanalytic Perspectives ,”  in which the analyst wrote that many mental health professionals are often using terms such as ”Trump Anxiety” and “Trump Affective Disorder.”

(Dana Milbank, Washington Post, Sept. 22nd, 2017, “President Trump is Actually Making us Crazy”)

In the blog Anxious Minds, Dr. David J. Leonard writes effectively and movingly of the PTSD and general anxiety, fear, and anguish being caused by Trump . The post’s title says it all: “A Culture of Depression; the Toxicity of Trump.”  I recommend it, and it’s at his blog AnxiousMinds.org.

My Plan to Help at the Border

Whatever your views are on  our President or our current society, you likely are among the many in this country who don’t want to see continued suffering at the border, so I hope you agree with my prescription below,  or something close to it:  

Trump must arrange to pay for  the 3 to 5 years of mental health aid the border families or some members of them may likely need ,and at least two years of housing,  two years of healthy groceries  (fresh organic fruits and vegetables, so they can recover from the damage caused by the chemical-filled nutrition-less processed foods fed to them at the border), a two-year stipend for other necessities, and  jobs, plus job training if needed, so adults can work once they’re stabilized. Jobs assigned must not be ones that cause  new or worse mental  or physical health issues. All families must be reunited, all illnesses immediately treated, and all medical care paid for by the US. Endangered families and individuals must not be sent back home. US money and aid should be sent to each country from which suffering people are fleeing so that those places become healthy and safe  to live in without terror.  Finally, it would look really good and be even more healing if some of this money came directly out of Trump’s pocket.

When should this process begin? Today. The alternative, for  those who let the suffering continue,  is to be remembered  by a great many people as bullies, cowards, and pathetic leaders who did nothing .  There may be worse alternatives in store as well, such as going to jail, even if action is taken now, because so much damage has already been done.

Miserable, traumatized and frightened people can’t be very good citizens even if they try hard. We need to help them get on their feet. Jobs need to be done here, and these people  need jobs. The whole country needs a mental health boost which it could be given right now if the government acted humanely and did so immediately.  This right and good action might  do a little to begin to redeem the current leadership’s reputation and to help heal the despair of so many Americans that’s been caused by Trump. I personally would love to see this administration redeem itself in these ways and in many other ways, because besides feeling chronically stressed like so many other people are due to the behavior of this President and his colleagues, I’m stunned and embarrassed daily by their cowardice and cruelty.

Trump, the Border, & Depression on the 4th of July

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As my readers know, one of my main concerns in helping us fight the stresses of living in the American city is the lack of attention paid to mental health, especially to two of its most distressing problems: anxiety and depression.

I’ve been thinking about it again this 4th of July as I continue to learn more about the misery at the border. I’ve been worrying not only about the obvious physical effects from the unhealthy conditions, but also about the PTSD that will likely affect every man, woman, and child going through this​ ​horrible experience, leaving them to face ​months or ​years of lingering anxiety and depression. As you may know, chronic stress of any kind often leads to anxiety and depression, but being traumatized for long periods almost guarantees this outcome. Tragically, prolonged anxiety and depression ​often contribute to continued and new physical illnesses, ​creating a painful​ and expensive ​cycle for victims and those caring for them. 

Many kinds of stress and ​emotional ​abuse can lead to such prolonged mental suffering, and research shows in fact that depression is increasing throughout our country. This isn’t surprising given the current environment. While those at the border suffer both physically and mentally, many others of us watch with fear and horror ​King Trump’s destructive march through what’s left of many of our country’s goals and ideals. We see the end of being a respected leader on the world stage in peace, justice, and protecting the planet, and that we are no longer anywhere near the kind and generous example we used to be, or some of us thought we were, of welcoming the weary masses who yearn to be free. Even many non-Americans have begun to feel more stress as things deteriorate further with a Tweet or a dubious Executive Order. 

No matter how ​Trump and his yes-people twist the words or the history, this ​generalized ​misery as well as that at the border was and is largely caused by ​their own self-interested actions. Before writing more about this I wanted to check my hunch that since​ the beginning of this Presidency Americans’ depression and anxiety has increased even more than what I’d already observed by just talking to people in the first few months. I ​searched online only for a few seconds, and no less than nine articles​ appeared​ on Trump’s negative effects on mental health.

I’ll get to those in a moment​.​ Meanwhile it must be said the​re could be no better recipe for wrecking mental and physical health than the​ ​hell on earth going on at the border. Aside from the physical misery, those of us who have suffered from depression know that the new and acute depression that will result for many is itself its own hell on earth. ​This past weekend as we celebrated our freedoms ​including the right to pursuit of happiness, our desperate fellow-humans, already stressed beyond what most of us can imagine experiencing, continued to suffer. Continuing for them, for who knows how long–are the brutal effects of family separation, their loneliness for home, fears for the rest of their families and friends back home and fear of an unknown future, finding themselves living in cages and other jail-like ​containers, seeing their children ill with diseases that aren’t being treated, feeling looked down on or even hated by many people they now depend on for survival, being surrounded by filth they never would have lived with at home, and being emotionally and/or sexually or otherwise abused. Throw in constant doses of helplessness and hopelessness, and ​a US president lying to the world about how great things are for them, ​and you have a perfect storm for ​creating severe mental illness that can last for years.

​I can’t imagine the founding fathers envisioned us causing such anguish i​n people begging for asylum. Few people can bear such multiple prolonged abuses without psychic damage. Depression by itself, without all the other problems, is torture enough. ​Psychiatric drugs ​​take weeks to work, often don’t help at all, and many have awful side effects. ​Physical illness only makes depression worse, and depression makes physical illness worse. Add to these challenges increasing evidence that our culture is becoming more and more stressed, ​including increases in blatant hatred and hateful behavior, and you can see it will be more and more difficult, no matter who we are or where we came from, to recover from depression in our country​, without some major changes at the border and in our way of life in general. 

​So we must help each other, our leaders must ​also ​help, a​nd if they don’t help we must elect different leaders. Some of our leaders’ failures to call out hatred and its related crimes  are reprehensible, but it’s not too late for them to begin to make amends. Among other things we need them to work with us to change this culture of prejudice and hate, and to change as well the money-and-success-over-all state of mind that seems so central to our society and that most of us feel somewhat forced into by the resulting rush-rush never-rest American lifestyle. As for the hate, it’s salt on the stressed-out lifestyle wounds, and because much of it has been taught to the haters I can only recommend they un-teach themselves if they’ve been so taught. If they stop and think for awhile about it, they hopefully will see it’s a much happier, healthier way for all of us to live. 

We also need specific help from business leaders in altering those other stressful lifestyle practices, since all the stress and worry they contribute to not only make more of us sicker but also can make prejudice and violence more likely. If your life is filled with stress and you’re angry or upset a lot, maybe it feels easy to blame the person of another color or religion who works in your building or lives on your block. So business and government need to prioritize making everyone’s life less stressful. This is not impossible, as they seem to think. The idea of helping us by changing a few things that chronically stress us just isn’t at the top of their lists. For example they can help reduce noise and pollution in our lives, help us have more nature in our cities, and help us calm down about climate change by doing something about it and not lying and denying what science has proven. They can help us have more sense of community by encouraging the presence of friendly community meeting places, parks, and coffee shops. If we’re less isolated, meeting each other more than we do now, and making friends in our own communities, we’ll all be healthier both mentally and physically. Don’t leave it at the bottom of your lists, government and business. Do something.

These stresses and more (such as bad diet and too many guns) that they can help us decrease, have for now made our countr​y​ a hard one to get well in or stay well in, especially ​​if you’re traumatized, anxiety-ridden, and already chronically stressed or​depressed. A stunningly self-involved and ignorant administration doesn’t help. When it heaps more abuse on new refugees and continues to upset the rest of us with ignoring these known stressors, it only makes ​all of our stress worse. All stress-caused illness costs a great deal to treat, as do the addiction and even crimes it sometimes leads to, which I mention since so many of our business and government leaders are always thinking about profit.

​​To give you an idea of how the country’s mood is already being affected by the current leadership,  here are a f​ew quotes:

“While Trump supporters may have experienced a boost in ​’​psychological well-being, pride, and hope for the future,” in the words of the New England Journal of Medicine researchers, his presidency has been a pit of despair for others.​’ ​”

(from Pacific Standard, PSMAG.com,  article by Jared Keller, Jan.15, 2019)

Referring to a phenomenon called “Trump Anxiety Disorder,” author Matt Kwong ​writes that therapist Elisabeth LaMott’s patients ask questions such as “Is he gonna blow us all up?” and many others tell her they suffer from fear of how dire Trump’s decisions may be for the world. She told ​Kwong, “There is a fear of the world ending. It’s very disorienting and constantly unsettling.”

(from CBC News, CBC.CA, Matt Kwong, July 18, 2018, “In a divided U.S., therapists treating anxiety are hearing the same name over and over: Donald Trum​p,”)

The Washington Post’s Dana Milbank wrote that Trump is making us ​both crazy and ​ill​, listing the many stress-caused symptoms people are feeling including his own increasing blood pressure ​since Trump b​ecame President. ​​He references a paper by New York Analyst Matt Aibel that was to appear in the journal “Psychoanalytic Perspectives​,” ​in which the analyst wrote ​that many mental health professionals are often using terms such as​ ​”Trump Anxiety” and “Trump Affective Disorder.”

(Dana Milbank, Washington Post, Sept. 22nd, 2017, “President Trump is Actually Making us Crazy”)

​In the blog Anxious Minds, ​Dr. David J. Leonard writes effectively and movingly of the PTSD and general anxiety, fear, and anguish being caused by Trump​. The post’s title says it all: “A Culture of Depression; the Toxicity of Trump.”  I recommend it, and it’s at his blog AnxiousMinds.org.

My Plan to Help at the Border:​​

Whatever your views are on ​our President or on our current society, you likely are among the many in this country who don’t want to see continued suffering at the border​, s​o I hope you agree with my prescription​ below,​ or something close to it:  

Trump must arrange to pay for ​the 3 to 5 years of mental health aid the border families or some members of them may likely need​,and at least two years of housing, ​two years of ​healthy groceries ​(fresh organic fruits and vegetables, so they can recover from the damage caused by the chemical-filled nutrition-less processed foods fed to them at the border), a two-year stipend for other necessities, and ​jobs, plus job training if needed, so adults can work once they’re stabilized. Jobs assigned must not be ones that cause ​new or ​worse mental ​or physical ​health issues​. All families must be reunited, all illnesses immediately treated, and all medical care paid for by the US. Endangered families and individuals must not be sent back home. US money and aid should be sent to each country from which suffering people are fleeing so that those places become healthy and safe ​to live in without terror. ​Finally, it would look really good and be even more healing if some of this money came directly out of Trump’s pocket. ​

When should this process begin? Today. The alternative, for ​those who let the suffering continue,  is to be remembered ​by a great many people as bullies, cowards, and pathetic leaders​ who did nothing​. ​There may be worse alternatives in store as well, such as going to jail, even if action is taken now, because so much damage has already been done. ​

Miserable, traumatized and frightened people can’t be very good citizens even if they try hard. We need to help them get on their feet. Jobs need to be done here, and these people ​​need jobs. The whole country needs a mental health boost which it could be given right now if the government act​ed​​​ humanely and did so immediately. ​This right and good action might ​do a little to ​begin to redeem the current leadership’s reputation and to help heal the despair of so many Americans that’s been caused by Trump. I personally would love to see this administration redeem itself in these ways and in many other ways, because besides ​feeling newly stressed most days like so many other people are, due to the behavior of this President and those who go along with him, I’m also perpetually stunned and embarrassed by their cowardice and cruelty. 

Important News on 5G & a Reminder to Sign the Petition

 

First of all here’s the petition site where you can sign if you’re concerned: 

www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/813/839/624/

My goal is 1000 signatures, and we have 151 as of today.

Now to the news:

Nick Pineault reports online often and clearly about the dangers of 5G and what we can do to both stop its spread and to protect ourselves. I urge you to read his latest email to his list (it starts in French since it’s about 5G in Montreal, but he translates for us). It’s worth your while to read the entire message but if you don’t have time you’ll at least want to know about the links below. and about his helpful guide (no I do not work for him!) To see his whole email go to https://electrosmogrx.com/home/

If that doesn’t work go to his Facebook page or just google him. He’s been on some interview shows and has written a book on EMF safety in general. Now he’s writing a lot about 5G since it’s on the march and he’s very concerned, as am I.

Two important links in Nick’s email:

  1. To find out what else we can do to stop 5G, he’ suggests this site: 

5GCrisis.com 

To learn more about how to protect yourself and your family, he recommends: 

ShieldedHealing.com 

Nick writes often about other things we can do, about news on 5G, and is offering a program—EMFQuickstart—with more details to help (he talks about the program in that link to his email). My husband and I just bought it ($80 for the short version) since we already have health issues we suspect are related to regular EMF radiation. We don’t think we can withstand the increase from 5G. If you get the link I gave you up reply to it and ask to be on his mail list if you want to keep up with his 5G announcements and suggestions.

As Nick tells his readers, and as I read in increasing reports, it’s clear 5G will be everywhere if we don’t band together and stop it right now. It’s truly insane, unnecessary, mostly about power and greed, and is untested on humans. It should be illegal, and I suspect the courts may well be where this issue is headed. But don’t wait because, in my town for example, 5G has already been planned (quietly) and, I believe that soon, despite my own protests made to the town as a public health reporter, those ugly little towers will be seen on every block in front of multiple houses and buildings. As I’ve mentioned in past posts, medical requests not to have one near you will be ignored. Someone on high in the federal government decreed this (they knew ahead of time that people would protest due to health issues; does that tell you something?)

You may want to check out some of my earlier posts at www.TheSereneCity.com where you can read more about handling this problem, including a very helpful link, EMFSafetyNetwork.org.

I also just discovered a site with a similar name that may be helpful:  

emfsafetystore.com

Finally, know that petitions are being started in various other places around the world, and news is spreading that 5G is a terrible, rushed, and cruel project whose boosters think it has no bounds and want to do everything from putting it in driverless cars and in diapers to beaming it to earth from satellites. Know also that you’ll see anti-anti-5G opinions, in which those of us fighting it will be ridiculed. These opinions come from those who want the power and money 5G will procure for them since they’re in the business, or in those businesses related to it. (President Trump wants it in order to keep up with or beat China in a race for the fastest systems. Illness for all including himself and his own family apparently hasn’t been considered.) And those opinions may come also from the many others who want the extra speed but who never read about the problems and aren’t interested.

Please think about this for a second: Is there no end to the speed people want? Why? No, really. Why? With all our brain power we can find other ways to keep the world safe, free, housed, and fed besides competing with other leaders who don’t give a damn about public wellbeing any more than some of our leaders do. We may need to slow down for a while to figure it out, but early disease and death doesn’t seem a good result if we’re looking for a happier, more peaceful world. Those who aren’t looking for such a world are not people whose judgment I trust.

A lot of these people want what they want, now, and don’t want to think more deeply, which as you may have noticed is a current trend from much of the federal government on down. Those who think this way will have to pay the cost, as we will have to pay if we can’t stop them, of their shallowness, greed, or failure to act responsibly. The cost is simple: more illness, suffering, and shortened lives for all.

(Note to those 5G proponents most interested in financial issues: the added illness and suffering will cost a great deal of money, likely more than what you think you’ll miss out on if you don’t get 5G.)

Alert: Wifi & GMO Apples

The link below takes you to an excellent and clear article that shows you even more ways I hadn’t heard of till now that increasing use of wifi and all our devices is contributing to increases in serious illness. It’s pretty scary stuff, so all the more reason to keep up the fight against even more EMF pollution that will come from 5G. You’ll also see that we need to use Europe’s model to help us convince leaders that this must not continue. As I’ve mentioned before, it’s insane to keep going on this path. Here’s the article, by Diane Testa, PhD, on the EMF Safety Network site:

http://emfsafetynetwork.org/what-do-gmos-and-wi-fi-have-in-common/#more-14621

Smart Meters

Susan Cooke

Along with 5G we now have SMART METERS–not a good thing

I’m hoping my messages on 5G are beginning to get to more people so they understand what’s coming, since the federal government seems to have no interest in discussing it with them. I’ll get back to fighting 5G  in the next post. Meanwhile I’m sorry to report that we now also have Smart Meters to contend with. I learned about them first from the EMF Safety Network, which urges us to oppose them along with 5G—and I only learned about these new utility meters this week. (You can look at home now to check whether you have one—check your meters for  electric, water, and gas. You want to keep “analog” meters, and resist having them swapped for smart meters.) We’ve now written letters to our utilities begging them not to replace our meters with smart ones, not that we expect that to go over well.

After we wrote our letters, I discovered the pages at a link below from the site, “Stop Smart Meters.org.” that have more explicit directions on how to fight this supposed improved technology. I suggest having a look at those if you’re not up on the plans for us that we once again had no say in. If you look at the photos on both pages, you can see some examples of what the meters look like (they don’t all look the same). It appears the meter often says “smart meter” right on it, but might also say AMI or AMR, or maybe even other labels we don’t know about yet so check your meters, and if it’s not clear, call that utility and ask. You have the right to know if you’ve got smart meters or not. Here are those links:

https://stopsmartmeters.org/frequently-asked-questions/faq-smart-meter-basics/

EMF Safety Network says utility companies worldwide are replacing analog electric, gas, and water meters with “pulsed radiation smart meter networks.” This despite known health effects already, no informing of the public about the change, not mentioning the possibilities for much easier hacking (which apparently is a known problem with 5G in general already), and privacy invasion. The meters by the way eliminate meter reader jobs, provide information on your private habits such as when you cook, watch TV, have lights on or not, and whether you are at home or not. EMF Safety says California utilities have admitted giving this information to the government and other third parties! As for health effects, on the same page I linked you to above, be sure to read what’s under the heading “Health Hazard,” but I mention some (not all) effects further down.

To be clear, Big Government and Big Tech are now adding smart meter networks, along with 5G, just about everywhere, to the growing soup of radio frequencies (RFs) we’re being forced to swim in, with no healthcare protests even allowed to be considered in the case of 5G, and I rather doubt my and my husband’s own requests not to get smart meters will be fulfilled. So you cannot ask not to have one of the 5G small cell towers near your home for health reasons. (Well, you can ask, and we plan to, but the law allows your pleas to be ignored.) This has already thrown people all over the country into a panic, with some taking difficult and expensive steps to try to shield themselves or their sick children, or grappling with the idea of moving. But where can you move that will be free of this stuff–a mountaintop somewhere? Nope, they’re going to beam 5G from satellites, unless we stop them. Oh, and there’s a plan to put it in babies’ diapers.

Are you worried about complications or new health issues already associated with chronic bombardment from all this RF? Already turning off Wifi at night because you suspect or know your symptoms are likely wifi-related and feel you surely won’t be able to handle even more with 5G or the effects of smart meters added to the load? Too bad for you. Big Tech and Big Government don’t care about your headaches, auto-immune issues, pacemaker issues, or increasing anxiety and/or depression. Both the latter two are rampant in the U.S. population already, and just the fact that people are being bullied can add greatly to both their anxiety and depression, aside from the stress of fear of health effects. Most people care about the planet too, unlike the current White House, and many are already depressed as they watch it continue on its path toward destruction by climate change due to–again–ego, greed, and impulsivity most people over the age of seven would not dare allow in themselves once they knew what was at stake.

So know that those in charge already know many of us will ask not to have a tower near our homes for health reasons, and they’re therefore gotten ahead of us by making a law that lets them say “Tough luck, you’re getting it anyway.” So we’ll have effects of smart meters and 5G at home as well as at work, in stores, in restaurants, and, if the spread of them increases as planned, everywhere we go–outside, inside, home, and on vacation. It sounds to me as if there will be nowhere to escape. I’d be delighted if someone convinced me I’m mistaken about this, but if you read the news stories and comments of many scientists not in favor of these changes so far, it’s hard to be convinced.

Don’t look to the President, top FCC officials, or Big Tech companies for answers. It looks like they’ll all be getting richer and/or getting huge ego kicks out of making our country the lead World Tech Power with this stuff. Why do we all have to suffer–even if we don’t end up having health effects–with having the fear of them, so those few people can grab some extra wealth and what they see as glory (I guess)? That’s insane and clearly those people have enough money and power already. Yes the US is competing with China and other countries also adding this technology, countries who also shouldn’t have begun using it either. But this is such an enormous health (and privacy and hackability) issue that all populations should have been consulted with and informed before any changes were made (not likely in China but in matters of health and wellbeing dictators including the current US tone seem the least trustworthy of all).

This rollout should never have begun without the people’s consent due to the stunningly irresponsible lack of testing, lack of knowledge about future effects, and the widespread plans nevertheless to put it everywhere–and quickly. (What’s the hurry? “Quickly” adopted new technology didn’t work so well for Boeing, did it?) These self-interested entities have no answers for you as to the possible damage because they have no idea themselves, or they do have an idea, and unbelievably, especially if they have children or grandchildren, they don’t care. It’s clear that it’s up to the people to stop it.

The EMF Safety group says the World Health Organization categorizes RF as a 2B carcinogen, the same as DDT and lead, adding that thousands of studies have linked RF exposure to increased cancer risk and nervous system damage, to name a couple (there’s a link to more on their page). Pulsed radiation from smart meters has already caused tinnitus, memory loss, and seizures, and further down the page you can see a litany of customer complaints including headaches, sleep problems, anxiety, palpitations, dizziness, nausea, ear pain, and more. This same page also reports something especially significant:  the American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM) has already called for a halt to wireless smart meters.

Groups especially vulnerable to RF health issues include pregnant women, seniors, people with known EMF sensitivities, medical implants, compromised immune systems, and those with pacemakers, who were warned by one organization to stay at least 6 inches away from all smart meters. (I imagine this would be hard to remember at all times, especially if the pacemaker patient is older as they often are, and might not be able to read the meter from 6 inches, even with glasses or a magnifying glass).

The page on smart meters also reports home fires, explosions, and burnt out appliances. See that page for details on all this as well as how costs will increase, and just how smart meters will work. Look further down to see how Californians have struggled with trying not to have, or to get rid of, Smart Meters.

The EMF safety group adds that smart meters already show evidence of environmental harm (see on the page a photo of a dying shrub next to a meter). I can’t see how all this added radio frequency (when for most of the earth and living beings’ history there was none) wouldn’t harm the environment in multiple not-yet-known ways including many that may not show up for years, just as human and animal illnesses such as cancer from it may not show up for years. I can’t imagine it not affecting bees, butterflies, other insects, and birds—all of which have exceedingly complex systems that guide them on annual trips across wide distances and back, systems we don’t fully understand yet. I can’t imagine it not affecting other wildlife, farm animals and pets, and due to effects on wildlife and insects, even flowering plants and food crops.

We’re risking, along with the increased immediate negative health issues already being reported in many people, the unbalancing of many delicate environmental systems necessary for the health and survival of all living things. People in power who don’t believe in science won’t get this, which is another reason the rest of us have to speak up. We’re already causing death and destruction by not stopping all practices that delay global warming. As is so often the case many in power can’t seem to learn that just because a new technology is available doesn’t mean we need to add to the planet’s woes by rushing into using it. In many past cases new technologies should never have been allowed to be established (nuclear power—that turned out well).

Why do we not learn this? I think part of it is we’re in such a hurry to get from one minute to the next in our frantic daily lives, or simply to get rich (and/or more powerful in some cases), and get there fast, we forget to or choose not to think. Remember thinking? Admittedly not much modeling of it is going on now in our government, but it’s generally a very useful practice.

So these relatively few individuals pushing this technology on all living things on earth and on the earth itself are committing what I can only see as a criminal act. It denies us in this country, of what was, I thought, our inalienable right to the pursuit of happiness. How can you have a hope of being happy when you’ve lost control over your own fate, and been forced to turn your health and quite possibly your lifespan, as well as the health of the planet you likely (hopefully) love, over to a few self-interested people who grabbed some power awhile ago. Their actions are unconscionable, unethical, and immoral, .

More soon on fighting both smart meters and 5G together, but you can begin now by protesting vehemently to your reps in government at all levels. Your state or city may already have a group that’s prepared petitions and other protests. Many Californians are working on this, and there’s an active group and petition fighting 5G in Finland. You can see and translate their petition at:

https://translate.google.com/translate?sl=fi&tl=en&u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.kansalaisaloite.fi%2Ffi%2Faloite%2F3844